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The Milwaukee Road Trestle, "Beverly Bridge", crossing the Columbia River

The spectacular Milwaukee Road trestle, or Beverly Bridge, spanning the Columbia River, links the western half of the Palouse to Cascades Trail to the eastern half. Completed in 1909 and 1/2 mile long, the trestle was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. But unfortunately, due to safety concerns, the trestle is gated and closed, bisecting the PTCT into two sections. Trail users who want to cross the Columbia River and Washington State, are forced to arrange a shuttle or risk a dangerous crossing at the nearest bridge, the I-90 bridge at Vantage, which has neither a pedestrian walkway nor shoulder. Renovating the Beverly Bridge would allow nonmotorized access across the Columbia River where currently there is no safe non-motorized crossing for a distance of over 100 miles (between Wenatchee and TriCities).

September 2018. Engineers contracted by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation have started a condition assessment of the bridge to evaluate construction requirements and costs of renovation for nonmotorized use. Funds for this study came in part from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) as part of a restitution process allowing BNSF to remove historic trestles in the Columbia River Gorge.



May 20, 2017. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced the recipients of their "2017 “Most Endangered Historic Structures”, and the Beverly Bridge, nominated by the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition, was one of six historic structures to receive this designation. (Click here to view Washington Trust for Historic Preservation's video on 2017 Most Endangered Structures)

The designation of “Most Endangered” brings recognition to important historical structures and attracts funding and grants for preservation. This is an important step forward toward renovation of the bridge.  We wish to offer special thanks to those who worked on the application for this designation, in particular, our rail historian, Board Member Mark Borleske, for contributing the excellent history of the bridge.



(Above) The Bevery Bridge in 1908, before Priest Rapids Dam and reservoir
Above - Decking on the west end of the Beverly Bridge
was destroyed by fire in 2014. Photo courtesy of Fred Wagner.

August 2018. The Rails to Trails Conservancy highlights the Beverly Bridge in their magazine's Green Issue in the video below.


To discuss the Beverly Bridge further
go to our BLOG.

Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition
P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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